NOTES

1 A question tag is a short question following a statement:

This coffee is nice, isn’t it?
You can play the piano, can’t you?

2 We ask a question in this way to confirm something that we are already quite sure of:

You’re from Sweden, aren’t you?

(We’re quite sure the person is from Sweden, but we wish to confirm it)

3 A positive question tag follows a negative statement. A negative question tag follows a positive statement:

You like cheese, don’t you?
You don’t like cheese, do you?

4 We can use question tags with any tense and with modal verbs. Here are some examples:

Present Tense:

You eat here often, don’t you?
He is happy, isn’t he?

Present Continuous Tense:

She is skipping, isn’t she?

Present Perfect:

You have been there before, haven’t you?

Past Tense:

You ate it, didn’t you?

Past Continuous:

You were sitting there, weren’t you?

Past Perfect:

You had seen it, hadn’t you?

Future forms:

You will come, won’t you?
You will be coming, won’t you?
You are going to come, aren’t you?

Passive:

They are made in Japan, aren’t they?

Modals:

It should be fine, shouldn’t it?
He couldn’t come, could he?